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Mini Track on Information Technology Systems Accessibility

Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) 2006 August 4-6 Acapulco,
México (http://amcis2006.aisnet.org/).


Information Technology Systems Accessibility


Description: Accessibility is the ability of persons, regardless of ability,
to easily access information, regardless of form, structure, or
presentation. There are over 600 million people with disabilities in the
world with about 54 million in the US, 3.6 million in Canada and at least
2.5 million in Mexico. Living with disabilities (cognitive, visual, or
audio) make accessing information difficult. Though great strides have been
made during the past decade to accommodate those with special needs
(including the development of numerous assistive technologies), there is
still much to be done. For example, as the Internet and World Wide Web
become an integral component of daily life, Web accessibility becomes more
Accessibility goes beyond making information available for people with
disabilities. Increasing accessibility may in turn increase use of systems
by users without disabilities as well. Those with less powerful computers or
slow Internet connections may find it preferable to purchase from
accessible-friendly websites that require less bandwidth. For example, some
might find it beneficial to surf the Web with the graphics function turned
off, thus decreasing download time. Given this broad definition of
accessibility, a number of research perspectives are expected from such
areas as Information Systems, Information Science, Library Science,
Education, Computer Science, and Engineering. 

Potential topics and research questions that this Mini-track would address
includes but is not limited to: 
- Accessibility 
- Internet and Web Accessibility 
- Assistive Technology 
- Adaptive Technology 
- Accessibility within Workforce 
- Usability 

Submissions to the track: Please follow the information on how to format and
submit your paper as published on the AMCIS 2006 conference web site

Submission deadlines:

February 1, 2006 Email abstracts to mini-track chairs

March 1, 2006 Create an account and UPLOAD (submit) papers to one mini-track
on the AIS Review System 


Minitrack Chairs:
Eleanor T. Loiacono ([log in to unmask])

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Phone: (508) 831-5206 Fax: (508) 831-5720


Scott McCoy ([log in to unmask])

College of William and Mary

Phone: (757) 221-2062 Fax: (757) 221-2062


Deborah Fels ([log in to unmask])

Ryerson University

Phone: (416) 979-5000, ext. 7619


Scott McCoy, PhD
Assistant Professor of MIS
The Mason School of Business
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795  
Phone: (757) 221-2062   
Fax: (757) 221-2937 

Email: [log in to unmask] 

AIS SIGHCI: http://sigs.aisnet.org/sighci


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